growth groups

Growth Groups are casual gatherings of small groups meeting in homes for prayer, fellowship, and Bible discussion. They are led by church leaders and consist of  8-20 people. They meet every other week on scheduled evenings and provide a means by which people can gather, interact, and enjoy spending time with other families from Southside Church.

The Bares

Meeting every Monday at 7pm in Clayton (near downtown Clayton)

Hi there! We're Brian and Krissie Bare . We moved to Clayton, NC in the Summer of 2019. We have 3 children. Ella is 15, Lucas is 13 and Kinslie is 11. We lived in Jupiter, Florida for most of our married years attending Grace Immanuel Bible Church.  We had often talked of moving from South Florida and were very interested in the Raleigh area. Brian owned and ran an IT company there, and Krissie homeschooled the kids. When the opportunity arose to close the business, we decided to move and eventually found our way to Clayton.  We have really been blessed by our time at Southside. During the time of moving and transition from Florida, the Lord really tore away the things Brian and I, as well as the kids, held closely which tested our trust in Him. As rough as that trial has been, we are so thankful for what He has taught us, and we count it all joy.  We are looking forward to the coming years as part of the body of Christ at Southside! In our group, we discuss the sermon from Sunday and share testimonies and prayer requests.

The Beams

Meeting every 1st & 3rd Saturday in Clayton, NC (Near 40/42)

We married in 1992 and have lived in Clayton since 2004. We have been members of Southside Church for 5 years now.
Initially, we had been attending Fran and Tom Clouser's growth group for about 3 years and learned so much by being part of that group because the Bible, prayer, and transparency in relationships were viewed as highly important factors in spiritual growth. We knew it was time to branch out and help others in these areas with our own group.
We have 2 grown sons, Allan-Michael and Harrison, and 6 grandchildren.

We have had many adventures in our 29 years of marriage. We have done everything from having our own restaurant to a general contracting business; and have homeschooled our kids K-12 along the way. Eventually, Craig went to truck driving school and is currently a line haul driver for Ward Trucking, which is what moved us to the Raleigh area.

God has used all of these seasons of our lives to convict, grow, and conform us to His will and ways. We enjoy working on projects together and spending time with our extended family. We have several couples in our small group that are either in or entering in this same season of their lives; however, we also hope to have some join us that seek to glean from those who have already walked in the path they are currently on now, with younger children still in the home.

Craig currently serves on the tech team at Southside and Rhonda helps lead Lydia's House Bible study as well as volunteers with the Three18 ministry.

We hope to come alongside the couples of our small group, grow in our walks of obedience to God, and hold one another accountable. As the group grows, we pray that more groups will be formed.

The Clarkes

Meeting every other Wednesday in Clayton, NC (Near Riverwood)

We have been married for 56 years and have two grown sons, three biological grandchildren and four step grandchildren. We met on a blind date one week before graduation from the University of Virginia, John in Electrical Engineering and Carolyn in Nursing. John has been an elder in three different churches, and Carolyn has led two crisis pregnancy ministries and has coordinated the prayer ministry in two churches. We began attending Southside in February of 2008 and became members in March of 2010. We have been in home groups, leading three of them in five different churches for more than forty years and have found these to be a real blessing. Our current home group of empty nesters meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings at 7:00 o’clock in our home. We begin with a time of prayer for each other, the church, and other burdens. Then we study a book of the Bible and close the evening with a time of snacks and fellowship.

The Clousers

Meeting every 2nd & 4th Saturday  in Garner, NC (Near Timber/50)

We've lived in Garner since 1999 and have been members of Southside Church since 2011. We were married in Dec 1971, have 3 grown sons, 7 grandchildren, and 1 foster grandchild. After 8 yrs in the US Marine Corp, Tom was a master auto technician at Chevrolet dealerships. Now retired, he is delivering auto body parts around the state part time. Fran is a homemaker and helps a couple of families with reading in their home schools. Our growth group is comprised of "empty nesters". We meet on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month @ 6:00 p.m. We enjoy refreshments and a time of fellowship/sharing, study Scripture (by book or topic) and have a time of prayer for our church, it's leaders, and for each other. Our hope is to help others grow in the Word and in Christ and to eventually spawn new growth groups within the body.

The McChargues

Meeting every 1st and 3rd Thursday in Clayton, NC (Near Guy Rd/Amelia Church Road)

We're Rich and Alicia McChargue. We moved to the Raleigh area in 2000, and have been members of Southside since 2008. We have been married since 1985. Alicia is a 4 year old Pre-K teacher at Hocutt Baptist Preschool in Clayton. I am retired Navy and now work as a mechanical engineering consultant for Sequence Quality and Compliance Services in Morrisville. We have two adult children, Matthew and Lindsay. Matt is working on his masters at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest and Lindsay works for a HVAC company in Knightdale. We host a growth group in our home in Clayton that meets on Thursday evenings, which has been a great blessing to us both. It's not just a bible study; our growth group has become our extended family. We lean on each other, pray together and text stupid jokes to each other. They truly are our family. We would love to have you join us!

The Phillips

Meeting every Tuesday in Garner, NC (Near 40/42)

Hi there! We're Jeremy & Erin Phillips, and we are so excited to be leading a Growth Group and seeing the Lord bring so many families together to do life united in this way. Jeremy is the Music Minister here at Southside Church & Erin is a self-published author. They have a lifelong heart for ministry and have partnered with several different churches and ministries all over the country during their marriage. Currently living in Garner, Jeremy has spent the last decade studying and leading worship music, and he earnestly values Biblical principles of music in the church, that he works to apply weekly at each Southside service and event. Jeremy and Erin also run a non-profit Christian community theatre company called Solace Theatre.

The Woodcocks

Meeting every 2nd & 4th Saturday at 5:30pm in Garner, NC (Near White Oak)

Hey there! We’re Randy & Katelyn Woodcock. We have spent our lives at Southside Church, from nursery to now! We've been married for 5 years and have two boys, Wylder and Ezekiel.

We are elbow-deep in various ministries with Southside and we love it! You will typically find Randy in the worship band on electric guitar or working with Doulos students. Throughout the week, Katelyn works as Southside’s Director of Media & Events. You will often find Katelyn behind the camera both during work hours and off the clock, as she also owns a Wedding and Portrait photography business, Katelyn McKay Photography.

We are so thankful to walk through life with our Home Group! We look forward to growing alongside, encouraging, and challenging one another as we apply the Word together in our lives. We gather together twice a month for dinner, a time of fellowship, and discussion over the mid-week meditation on our current sermon series.

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